Nahal Zamani serves as the Director of Movement Building at Demos and oversees the partnerships team, including the Inclusive Democracy Project, along with the Campaigns team. Nahal joined Demos in June 2020.
Prior to joining Demos, Nahal served as the Advocacy Program Manager for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) for over a decade. While at CCR, Nahal’s advocacy and campaigns work included challenging the NYPD’s abusive stop-and-frisk practices and other discriminatory policing practices; economic and gender justice work; criminal justice; immigrants’ rights, and government abuse of power. She advocated regularly on a range of issues before elected officials, the United Nations, and the public. Nahal also served on the steering committee of the Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) campaign in New York City. Previously, Nahal led human rights advocacy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) national headquarters. She also worked with the International Rescue Committee’s New York resettlement office and at Animédia in France.
Nahal lectures extensively on strategies for campaign development and coalition-building; the role of national organizations in supporting local movements and grassroots partners and the human rights framework. Nahal has also taught a workshop for community engagement at Columbia University. A frequent public speaker, Nahal’s work has been covered in The New York Times, City and State New York, MSNBC, and BRIC TV.
Nahal holds an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University, where she focused on the stressful impact of economic and cultural rights violations and the advocacy methodologies of major human rights organizations. She also holds a B.A. from Rutgers University.